This is my Domain Cost Club Review. Buy a membership to buy up to a specified number of domains at-cost. Hosting also available. Good savings possible.
I should know, I became a member in November 2014. Since then I have been buying, renewing and transferring domain names using my Domain Cost Club membership. I am still a member in 2021. I explain why in this post. 🙂 🙂
I moved my website hosting over to them in March 2021. So far, my experience with them is as good as the expensive web host I was using before. So all good there. There are differences, as some things are done better and others not as well. However so far I am happy enough. The difference in price is huge in my opinion. 🙂 🙂
Executive Overview of Domain Cost Club
Domain Cost Club is a domain registrar. Their pricing is usually consistently cheaper than their competition.
What I Use Them For
Domain Registration. Domain Renewals. Domain Privacy Services. Website Hosting.
|Product:||Domain Cost Club Membership to Purchase Domains at Very Good Prices|
|Primary Pro:||Purchase domains using very good prices|
|Primary Con:||Domain Cost Club is not widely known|
|Primary Membership Benefit:||Purchase domains using very good prices|
|Target audience:||You, if you want to purchase domains at very good prices|
|Membership Price:||From $9.99 to $99.99 per year depending on membership type|
The concept is simple: You purchase an annual membership package which allows you to purchase up to a specified number of domains at-cost. The at-cost prices are extremely competitive.
A Quick Pricing Comparison
Before you ask, the cost of annual membership is quite low. And its Lite annual membership option is way cheaper than GoDaddy’s Discount Domain Club, and the member prices for both that I looked at are even cheaper at Domain Cost Club. And the cheapest price for domain privacy services at GoDaddy’s Discount Domain Club is a whopping $9.99 per domain name per year. With Domain Cost Club this actually costs the low price of $0.00 (zil, zero or nothing) per domain name per year.
Free Domain Privacy Services for Domains Registered at Domain Cost Club
Lite membership at Domain Cost Club costs less than $10 per year which is way less than the cost of buying domain privacy services for a domain for one year with some other well known domain registrars. For domains registered or renewed via Domain Cost Club, domain privacy services are free if you want them. This can be toggled on or off on demand on a per domain basis by you in your membership area.
I have always paid nothing extra for domain privacy services with Domain Cost Club. They were actually one of the first domain registrars back in 2015 to provide free domain privacy services. And still in 2021, some of the bigger well known domain registrars continue to charge for domain privacy services on a per domain per year basis. In my opinion, this is a huge rip-off.
I have dealt with a few different domain registrars in my time. I first came across Domain Cost Club in November 2014. Since then, they have got all of my domain name related business (new registrations, renewals and transfers). Based on my actual real world experience, I find that they are a good reliable domain registrar. They have great prices and free domain privacy services.
Here you are going to find my detailed review of Domain Cost Club. This includes my history with them since November 2014, my pros and my cons. By the time you finish reading this, you know why my preferred domain registration supplier is Domain Cost Club.
Since the middle of 2015 I moved the domain names I had registered elsewhere over to them. All of my domain names are now registered with them.
As a paid up member of Domain Cost Club I also get free domain privacy services for any of the domain names I have registered with them. In my case, I use domain privacy services for all of my domain names. This can be enabled or disabled on demand by me for individual domain names I have registered with Domain Cost Club within my back office.
I also earn money on referrals when my referrals purchase an annual membership. This becomes recurring when they renew their annual membership the following year which is usually the case.
I explain why Domain Cost Club is my preferred domain registration supplier. Since November 2014, they have got all of my domain name related business. This includes new registrations, renewals, transfers and domain privacy services. This domain name (workfromhomenotes.com) is registered with Domain Cost Club as clearly shown below:
As I have a current active applicable Domain Cost Club membership, I get new registrations, renewals and transfers at great prices. I also get free domain privacy services. I also earn recurring money on referrals.
This in my opinion is a good deal. They have different membership types to cater for anyone who purchases domain names per year. The different membership types are based on ranges of domain names you expect to buy per year and you can even upgrade your membership type to a higher membership type if you find yourself buying more domain names than expected!
Examples of Potential Member Savings
Domain Cost Club members can register or renew or transfer as many domains as they want (subject to applicable Domain Cost Club Membership type, they simply upgrade their membership type if necessary) and at any time they want at the same exact price that it costs Domain Cost Club and every other ICANN accredited registrar, such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions.
Purchasing at this price can result in some great potential savings, even after taking the cost of Domain Cost Club membership into account. A really big potential saving is that domain privacy services for Domain Cost Club members is $0.00 (yes zero) per domain name (purchased using your Domain Cost Club membership) per year for current Domain Cost Club members. Just so you know, domain privacy services are also currently free for retail accounts (non-Club members) at Domain Cost Club.
The discount domain club run by GoDaddy also uses a similar concept however their prices from what I have seen are more. And from what I can figure out, it looks like the cheapest option for domain privacy with them is an additional $9.99 per year per domain. Just saying.
My review is based on my real world practical experience. I have been buying domains since at least April 2002. I became a Domain Cost Club member in November 2014. By the end of the first half of 2015, I completed the process to transfer my other domains over to Domain Cost Club. I now have all of my domains registered with Domain Cost Club. And this is still the case in 2021.
Domain Cost Club Overview
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar. You may or may not know that not all domain registrars are fully ICANN accredited. The ones that are, are nearer to the “top of the food chain” in the domain name industry.
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar with a number of differences. Like most if not all domain registrars they allow you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. There is a huge difference in potential costs for paid up members of Domain Cost Club.
Paid up members of Domain Cost Club get this at the price that Domain Cost Club paid with no mark-up (subject to membership type and status). This is completely unlike most if not all other domain registrars.
The accompanying image below show promos which were available to Domain Cost Club Members which may have changed since I captured that screenshot. Domain Cost Club members have access to the current special Domain Cost Club Member only promotional pricing which usually contains some really good promotions.
What Is Domain Cost Club?
This is a domain registrar that allows their members (including me and potentially you) to register domains, renew domains and transfer domains at huge cost savings.
In order for you to purchase domains at-cost price with them, you become a paid up member of their club. This is a small membership fee paid yearly and in a lot of cases, is well worth it. Know that you can become a member and purchase a domain name at the same time.
I love the fact that as a Domain Cost Club Member, I know that I am getting my domains using at-cost pricing. I don’t have to waste time going to a number of domain registrars to see what their current special deal is or look around for crazy coupons that are only valid for the first domain that you buy with that registrar for just the one year. Crazy.
You pay an annual membership fee based on the number of domains that you estimate you will purchase using your Domain Cost Club membership that can result in good savings. With this sort of arrangement the more domains you purchase with your membership, the more money you will typically save.
You can also upgrade your membership type during the year should you discover that you want to buy more domains at-cost than what your current membership type allows you to. I have seen some of my existing customers do this.
What Are the Membership Types?
There are four different membership types available at Domain Cost Club. This allows you to determine which one is the best type for you right now. They even allow you to upgrade your membership type during the year should you find that you need to. Hint, some Domain Cost Club members do take advantage of this and actually upgrade their membership type during the year. This is one reason why Domain Cost Club facilitate this.
|Membership type||Buy/Renew Domains at-cost||Membership cost per year|
Domain Cost Club added the Lite, Basic and Plus Membership types a while back. This now makes their offer way more attractive to people who do not buy or renew many domain names.
For this reason, the price comparisons mentioned later in this post use five or less domains in the pricing comparisons.
Many people register/renew/move five or fewer domains per year so having the membership type of Lite caters for those people. The other membership types would be considered as “over the top” for those people and so the Lite membership type suits those people.
Some members start off at the Lite Membership level, then upgrade their membership level at a later date when they have seen for themselves the benefits of membership or more likely when they realise that they need the higher level of membership.
How Domain Cost Club Membership Works
Basically you purchase a Domain Cost Club Membership package which allows you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. You purchase these domains at what Domain Cost Club calls at-cost price which is usually way cheaper than the cost of domains with other domain registrars.
Domain Cost Club Review – Huge Cost Savings for Domain Cost Club Members
The biggest immediate benefit of Domain Cost Club membership – The huge cost savings for members because members enjoy at-cost domain name pricing.
Domain Cost Club have determined that their average domain price per name per year is $8 while their competitors average domain price per name per year is $13. This is explained more in the accompanying image.
Domain Cost Club Prices vs HostGator Prices
For the purposes of this, I will compare their costing with HostGator who also have a domain offering.
You should know that many domain registrars do charge extra for domain privacy on a per domain per year basis. GoDaddy.com charge extra for domain privacy per domain per year. So does NameCheap.com, as well as Name.com.
I have selected the .COM extension in these examples because my understanding is that domains ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of domains out there. Of course this may change in the future but I want my examples here to be as realistic as possible.
Domain Cost Club Prices
Note that I performed these price comparisons in March 2019. These will most likely change in the future.
For a domain using the popular .COM extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $7.85 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $0.00 (Zero) per domain name per year. Plus the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. There may be a processing fee for payment processing. For these calculations, I am assuming this is $0.41 which brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $8.44 per .COM domain name per year. Plus the price of the applicable Domain Cost Club Membership type. Lite membership allows you to buy 5 domains at-cost and membership costs $9.99 per year.
For a domain using the popular .COM extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $12.95 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $14.95 per domain name per year. They absorb the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. This brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $27.90 per .COM domain name per year.
Comparison – for One Domain Ending with the Popular .COM Extension
Costings for one domain ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
|Description||HostGator prices||Domain Cost Club prices|
|Domain registration for one year per .COM domain||$12.95||$7.85|
|Domain privacy services for one year per .COM domain||$14.95||$0.00|
|ICANN fee for one year per .COM domain||Absorbed||$0.18|
|Payment processing fee||Unsure||$0.41|
|Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership for one year||Not Applicable||$9.99|
|Payment processing fee on the membership fee||Not Applicable||$0.50|
|Total cost to registrar one .COM domain with domain privacy services||$27.90||$18.93|
Comparison – for Two Domains Ending with the Popular .COM Extension
Costings for two domains ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
|Description||HostGator prices||Domain Cost Club prices|
|Domain registration for one year for two .COM domains||$25.90||$15.70|
|Domain privacy services for one year for two .COM domains||$29.90||$0.00|
|ICANN fee for one year for two .COM domains||Absorbed||$0.36|
|Payment processing fee||Unsure||$0.81|
|Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership for one year||Not Applicable||$9.99|
|Payment processing fee on the membership fee||Not Applicable||$0.50|
|Total cost to registrar two .COM domains with domain privacy services||$55.80||$27.36|
Comparison – for Five Domains Ending with the Popular .COM Extension
Costings for five domains ending with the popular .COM extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
|Description||HostGator prices||Domain Cost Club prices|
|Domain registration for one year for five .COM domains||$64.75||$39.25|
|Domain privacy services for one year for five .COM domains||$74.75||$0.00|
|ICANN fee for one year for five .COM domains||Absorbed||$0.90|
|Payment processing fee||Unsure||$2.01|
|Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership for one year||Not Applicable||$9.99|
|Payment processing fee on the membership fee||Not Applicable||$0.50|
|Total cost to registrar five .COM domains with domain privacy services||$139.50||$52.65|
These are huge savings on buying between one and five domains ending with the popular .COM extension.
.COM Domains Account for over 40% of the Domain Name Market
My understanding is that domains ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of domains out there.
Before you ask, my understanding is that domains ending with the popular .NET extension account for over 4% of domains out there and domains ending with the popular .ORG extension account for over 3% of domains out there. So based on those statistics, domains ending with .COM account for the major share of domain names out there today.
Although there are now many other extension names it is important to bear in mind that .COM is still the major extension name used today.
Domains ending with .COM are still important. Remember that they account for over 40% of the domain names out there. Businesses are still prepared to spend big money on the right domain name with the .COM extension. Here are some examples:
- Zoom may have spent $2 million for Zoom.com
- Elon Musk may have spent $11 million for tesla.com
Once a business is well known in a certain sector, people expect that business to be using the appropriate domain name ending with the .COM extension.
In my own case, I have active websites against each of my active domain names. Of course, there are people out there who make money flipping domain names, however that is not the route I have chosen. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from buying domain names and then flipping them. Of course, you will need to find buyers for those domain names.
It is all very well speculating that the previous owners of those two domain names (zoom.com & tesla.com) make a lot of money. Both those previous owners had to register those domains, know that they were worth renewing, keep them current, and be able to find a prospective buyer for the domain name that was willing to pay so much. And be in a position to negotiate such attractive sums of money.
Have You Ever Registered a Domain Name and Then Have Second Thoughts?
Let’s see what happens if I register a domain and don’t actually want it after registration. Maybe due to a typo or I thought of a better domain name two or three days after registration.
Domain Cost Club is the only domain registrar that I am aware of that allows you to cancel your domain registration within 5 days after purchase to get a refund. Read that last sentence again.
Many people misspell their new domain names by accident during the purchasing process and only afterwards realize the error. If you buy your domain using your Domain Cost Club Membership and you ask them, they will delete and refund your domain name up to 5 days after purchase. This is awesome.
Oh, and I know that they do, because I brought a domain name a while back that I had second thoughts about and wanted them to do this for me. They did and my payment was reversed, so all good. Happy days. 🙂 🙂
That experience was when I brought a domain name on October 2017 and cancelled it a few days later. I actually thought of a better domain name a day or so after I purchased that domain name. So I purchased that better domain name, sent an email to Domain Cost Club informing them I did not want the original domain. I received an email from Domain Cost Club in a timely manner confirming that the original domain name was cancelled and that the money was already repaid. It was. If only all businesses online and offline behaved in a professional prompt manner like this. 🙂
With other domain registrars there is no come back even one second after the domain is paid for. That used to hurt me however no more. 🙂 🙂
Regularly in online chats I see people saying that they just brought a domain name and only realised after they registered the domain that the domain name has a typo. They then go back to their domain registrar expecting it to be fixed. And only then find out that their domain registrar does not offer this “please delete that domain I registered and refund my money” facility. Instead they are left with a domain name that they no longer want.
That is crap customer service in my opinion. Even worst in my opinion is if they opted to registrar that domain for say ten years along with chargeable domain privacy for each of those ten years and the domain registrar will not allow that person to cancel that deal. That is really bad customer service in my opinion and would leave a really bad taste in my mouth if it happened to me.
As I say, I am only aware of just one domain registrar who will delete the domain and give you your money back provided you ask them within five days of purchase. If Domain Cost Club can do this it means that there is nothing stopping other registrars from doing this as well. The only thing really stopping those other registrars in my opinion is that green-eyed monster called greed.
At-Cost domain name pricing
Register or transfer or renew domains at the exact same price that it costs Domain Cost Club (and every other ICANN accredited registrar, such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions). This is usually way better than the official recommended retail price. Additional special limited time pricing promotions are also make available to Domain Cost Club members.
Free domain privacy services
Other registrars charge up to $14.95 per year per domain name, here it is free, both for members and for retail accounts. This can be quite a big saving. For example, domain privacy service for two domains for one year may potentially cost you $29.90. However over ten years those domain privacy service for those two domains may potentially cost you $149.50. That is some potential saving.
Here Are 7 More Pros
More pros include:-
Over 400 different domain extensions to choose from
This includes the usual familiar ones of .COM, .ORG and .NET and the like. Not all domain registrars have this extensive range of different domain extensions.
Refund your domain registration within 5 days after purchase
Handy if you had a typo in your new domain name and did not notice the error until later. I changed my mind one time after buying a domain name, requested the refund within 2 days of purchase and the refund was in my Paypal account within two days. No credit notes. No messing around. Just the request fully completed. NOTE: I have still to see another domain registrar offer this.
Refund your domain renewal within 5 days after purchase
You might have set on “autorenew” for your domain name. Then once the domain was automatically renewed, saw the money leaving your account. A simple email to Domain Cost Club within 5 days requesting them to refund your domain renewal will see that renewal cancelled and your money refunded. NOTE: I have still to see another domain registrar offer this.
Easy to work with & support is very responsive
That is my experience with them since November 2014.
The “Control Panel” To Manage Domains Is Slick, Clean And Easy To Work With
This is what I find, especially when I compare it with the “Control Panel” used by my earlier domain registrar.
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar
This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar to register your domains for you. Nothing wrong with that, just means there are more mouths to feed and so potentially adds to the price you pay.
Earn recurring money on referrals
If you know people who would purchase Domain Cost Club memberships using your referral code, this is one way you could make money with domain names. This is one potential way for you to get involved in the domain name business.
Small cost of annual applicable Domain Cost Membership
The small cost of annual Domain Cost Club membership.
Hard to understand concept – Buy applicable membership to buy up to a specified number of domains at-cost
You pay a small fee to become a member and this allows you to register or renew up to a specified number of domains at the exact same price that it costs Domain Cost Club (and every other ICANN Domain Registrar such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions). And as an added bonus, you also do not pay extra for domain privacy services which others charge as much as $14.95 per year per domain name for.
Domain Cost Club is not widely known
Domain Cost Club are not widely known by people who purchase and renew domain names within the huge International domain name industry.
My Probe into the Domain Name Industry
My probe has revealed the following. These are not in any particular logical order. They are more ramblings about some of what I noted.
Not All Domain Registrars Are the Same
All domain registrars are not the same. At least one big player in the domain name business wouldn’t let me purchase a domain name in the new .SITE top level extension in July 2015. At the time, Domain Cost Club would allow me to purchase domains in the new .SITE top level extension. Domain Cost Club allows people to purchase .SITE domain names or the very popular .COM domain names as well as hundreds of other domain extensions. 🙂 🙂
Back in July 2015 when I was doing some research with another domain registrar who was in business for quite some time before that, their on-line interface did not even recognize the new .SITE top level extension that had come out earlier that month.
That told me that they were not staying current with the domain name marketplace.
I couldn’t even purchase any .SITE top level extension domains from them, yet they have been available from Domain Cost Club from the middle of July 2015 when they were released.
Back in 2015, the domain registrar I used to be with wanted $9.99 for a .COM domain for one year plus $7.95 for domain privacy, which for me as a Domain Cost Club Member costs $7.85 plus $0.00 for domain privacy. $17.94 or $7.85 for the same thing. I recommend the $7.85 over the $17.94 option any day for the same services. Note that this example excludes the small cost of Domain Cost Club membership, the small ICANN fee per domain name and applicable taxes.
In April 2020, I did more research. Well the domain registrar I used to be with wanted $10.99 for a .COM com domain for one year plus $9.99 for domain privacy, which for me as a Domain Cost Club Member costs $7.85 plus $0.00 for domain privacy. $20.98 or $7.85 for the same thing. I recommend the $7.85 over the $20.98 option any day for the same services. Note that this example excludes the small cost of Domain Cost Club membership, the small ICANN fee per domain name and applicable taxes.
I also found it hard prior to 2016 to navigate inside that domain registrar’s website when doing domain management work, which meant that I had to waste time figuring out how to do domain management work. For me, the domain management work was changing configuration settings of one type or another, as such these would not change much. I would spend a lot of time in the back office figuring out how to do a relatively simple task. I would have thought that this would be something that a domain registrar would spend on getting right. It is in my opinion super important to make sure that any back office to manage domains is user friendly and really easy to use. But this domain registrar did not bother doing that. I don’t know if that improved since when I stopped using them in 2015. I had used them for a number of years before 2015 and I always found it hard to navigate inside that domain registrar’s website when doing domain management work.
Anyway I find it way easier to navigate within the back office at Domain Cost Club when doing domain management work.
Back in 2015, another registrar (GoDaddy) had a discount Domain Club which allows people to buy domains cheaper. With GoDaddy, it is almost $120 per year for their membership package. With Domain Cost Club, membership per year varies in price from $9.99 to $99.99 based on membership type. With GoDaddy for their discount Domain Club, a .COM domain is $8.29 per year, with Domain Cost Club it is $7.85 – I recommend Domain Cost Club as it is cheaper in this case. Also with them, the person who referred the person who buys the almost $120 annual membership fee gets nothing for their trouble.
That in my opinion is a horrible way to treat people who got you business with the customer having already paid. In this case I recommend Domain Cost Club over them any day.
In April 2020, I did additional research regarding that other discount Domain Club. Their prices are still the same as above. However I noticed nothing was mentioned about pricing for domain privacy with them. It looks like the cheapest option for domain privacy with them is an additional $9.99 per year per domain with this other discount Domain Cost Club. They are still almost $120 per year for their membership package and still $8.29 per year for a .COM domain. I also believe that domain privacy is not included. This would cost you an additional $9.99 per year per domain with this other discount Domain Cost Club. Membership of Domain Cost Club varies from $9.99 per year to $99.99 per year depending on membership type (vs almost $120 per year with this other discount Domain Club), a .COM with Domain Cost Club is $7.85 (vs almost $8.29 with this other discount Domain Club) and privacy with Domain Cost Club is $0.00 (yes nil) (vs $9.99 with this other discount Domain Club). Costings above exclude any applicable taxes. So it still makes sense to go with Domain Cost Club. No surprises there.
I recommend Domain Cost Club based on personal experience with them since November 2014. And based on my own personal experiences with other domain registrars since 2002. And based on my own personal research when I was researching domain registrars at different times since 2002.
The Domain Name Industry Is Changing
This is a very real opportunity with a lot of potential international scope. This is a huge industry as the following statistics show:
- In January 2015, there were over 284,000,000 domain names registered worldwide according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) 2014 Quarter 3 Infographic.
- In October 2019, there were over 359,000,000 domain names registered worldwide according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) 2019 Quarter 3 Report.
- On March 7, 2020 there were over 417,000,0000 domain names registered worldwide according to Domain Name Stat.
That is some growth. There is a lot of potential scope. There are two angles of this huge domain registration growth that I want to discuss with you today.
One is that you or an organization you are involved with will want to register or renew Domain Names using Domain Cost Club’s at-cost pricing. These days, most if not all organizations have a web presence. Many individuals also have a web presence. These organizations and individuals all need domain names. Many organizations and many individuals have multiple domain names. These organizations and individuals all need to register or renew domain names.
And two is that you might want to look at their referral program. This is another aspect to Domain Cost Club membership that might appeal to you. This might give you additional work related options. This may allow you to work from home, vacation anywhere, work anywhere there is an internet connection, be your own boss, have fun when making money, and so on and so forth. If you are also looking not to handle physical stock and associated headaches, the Domain Cost Club referral program might be an option. Best of all, you can start it part time and see how it works out for you. Just another optional part of Domain Cost Club membership that might appeal to you.
The domain name industry is currently allowing many more top level extension names to be applied to domain names. These are the names seen at the end of domain names. Traditionally these were names like .COM, .NET, and .ORG along as well as country extension names like .CO.UK, .IE, and .CA
Now many more extension names are in use and more will be in use in the future. Names like .DANCE, .BAND, .GREEN, .NINJA and .GLOBAL immediately jump to mind. There are loads more.
There is a lot of excitement in connection with the new domain extensions as it is sure to get interesting in the next while. Some of the new domain extensions make it much easier to guess things about the website before you go to it.
It does not take a lot to work out what “Burger.Melbourne” do and where they are located. I am getting hungry and they are on the other side of the planet. 🙂
Nothing to do with me, just an interesting example. To advertise, all they would have to do is print “Burger.Melbourne” – I wonder would this be considered as one word or two words if they were doing classified advertising, paying for each separate word. 🙂 🙂
These new domain extension names are making the web more interesting.
Other businesses are buying the rights to use the new domain extension names and sometimes these go to auction.
Donuts, a domain registry business has spent over $58,000,000 to apply for over 300 new top-level domain extensions.
Google in February 2015 in an ICANN auction brought the rights to the new .APP extension name by paying over $25,000,000.
Donuts and Google are going to re-coup their investments over time using whatever business models make the most sense to them.
The domain name industry is changing and the newer extension names are adding a lot. Some people think .COM will disappear in time however I do not think so. Some people think that .COM will remain very strong in America and that the growth for the newer extension names is really going to come from Asia. Time will tell.
In 2020, the .COM extension accounts for above 40% of domain names. In 2021, the .COM extension accounts for above 50% of domain names as noted in the following image.
The .COM extension accounting for above 50% of domain names actually surprised me as I thought that this would decrease in time as more top-level domain extensions became available. Maybe in time.
Go with Domains Ending with .COM
This is my personal opinion. However I like to think that it is well reasoned out.
Generally speaking, if you are going to register a domain, that it should be a domain ending with the .COM extension. If your market is country specific, then you may want a domain name that uses the domain extension specific for that country. It really depends on who your target market is, where they are located and what they reasonably expect. By the way, my understanding is that about 35% of the domain name market is taken by domains ending with a two letter country extension.
I ask these questions:
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .COM extension account for over 40% of the domain name market?
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .NET extension account for over 4% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .COM extension.
- Why do domain names ending with the popular .ORG extension account for over 3% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .COM extension.
- Why haven’t domain names with “new” general extensions in the last few years reached a “decent level of success”? From what I can figure out, they account for less than 13% of the total domain market with over 1200 “new” general extensions eg .top, .xyz and .loan. It also appears that a lot of these domain names are simply being parked for the moment.
- Why did Zoom, Inc apparently spend $2 million to purchase the zoom.com domain?
- Why did Elon Musk apparently spend $11 million to purchase the tesla.com domain?
- Why lose potential traffic when people “guess” your domain name? When people are “guessing” the name of your domain, they may use your company name followed by .COM first and after that, they could type in anything looking for your domain. For instance, TeslaMotors.com is not a domain name I would have guessed for Tesla. Just saying.
Pretty good reasons to use a .COM domain name where possible and where it makes sense.
No matter how many domains you registrar or renew there is a Domain Cost Club membership that will surely help you to save money when purchasing domains.
Who Should Join Domain Cost Club
In my opinion, everyone who buys or renews domain names should join Domain Cost Club. Domain names are registered for different purposes, including branding purposes, blogging purposes, marketing purposes, selling purposes, professional purposes and flipping purposes.
Domain names can be very important for branding purposes. Some domain names are worth a fortune. For instance Zoom may have spent $2 million for Zoom.com and Elon Musk may have spent $11 million for tesla.com
Many people test different websites with different domain names in order to determine which combination works best for them. So if you are purchasing domain names the at-cost pricing on domains for Domain Cost Club members can add up to some serious savings while building up your domain interests.
If you blog or have a website or two or more, you can save $40 or more on a single domain registration as a Domain Cost Club Member as explained next.
For instance in April 2020, to register a new domain with the .flowers extension costs $100 for Domain Cost Club members whereas the recommended retail price is $175. A saving of $65 after the $9.99 cost of Lite Membership of Domain Cost Club on just one domain.
Another example in April 2020, to register a new domain with the .property extension costs $50 for Domain Cost Club members whereas the recommended retail price is $175. A saving of $115 after the $9.99 cost of Lite Membership of Domain Cost Club on just one domain.
If you are a blogger or a business owner or a hobbyist, you are all set for your own domain. For branding purposes and professional purposes, it looks a lot better if you use your own domain.
My Story and My Observations of Domain Cost Club
David of WorkFromHomeNotes.com says:
I have been buying/renewing domain names and related privacy services for some time. By November 2014, I purchased or renewed or transferred my domain names using a number of different domain name registrars, some good, some okay and some crap.
In November 2014 I discovered Domain Cost Club and tried them out. That was a good experience. Since then, Domain Cost Club has got all of my domain name related business. This includes new registrations, renewals and transfers.
Why Would You Become a Domain Cost Club Member?
I became a paid up member of Domain Cost Club in November 2014. Over a period of time I moved all of my domains over to them. I usually have between five and fifteen domain names active at any one point in time so being able to register domains, renew domains and move domains at-cost makes good sense. It costs me less than $9 to register a .COM domain for a year and get domain privacy for it as well. I am of the opinion that if a good domain name jumps into your mind and you can do something about it, you should consider registering it before someone else does.
Naturally you do need to be sensible about it. You do need some sort of outline plan of what you are going to do with that domain name. For instance, I registered a domain name a while back and did not really do anything with it for over nineteen months, apart from putting up an almost empty secure WordPress Hosted website a day or two after I registered the domain. I just had the idea I was going to build up this website. If I had waited nineteen months before registering the domain, it is possible I would have forgotten the name or it is possible that someone else would have purchased the domain in the interim.
At this stage, I have been with Domain Cost Club since November 2014. It is easy to contact their support on the internet. This involves completing an online form and once you submit that, you can expect to hear back from them within a timely manner. Any time I used this online form, I have heard back from them in a timely manner. I find them good.
They have a good offering and they are good value for sure. And as already mentioned, I find their support team to be good. I am able to manage my domains using their “Control Panel”. I like it. I find it slick, clean, modern and easy to work with.
Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you. Domain Cost Club is typically nearer to the top of the domain name food chain than a lot of other businesses offering domain registration services.
If you register a domain name and look up its whois record, you might notice that your registrar details are not what you expected. One possible reason for this is that your domain “registrar” is in fact a domain reseller, which is usually perfectly fine. It just raises unnecessary questions and unnecessary concern.
Below is a screenshot of a whois search on this WorkFromHomeNotes.com domain and you can clearly see that Domain Cost Club is listed as the ICANN accredited domain registrar domain registrar associated with this domain:
I think that if you are going to register a domain, that it should be a domain ending with the .COM extension. I explained my reasoning earlier on in this article. My suggestion is simple, register domains ending with the extremely popular .COM extension and registrar them with Domain Cost Club who is a fully ICANN accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you.
If you are registering domains with Domain Cost Club, you will most likely save money when compared with other Domain Registrars as explained earlier in this article.
Domain Cost Club is a domain name registrar who offer at-cost pricing for domain registrations, domain renewals and domain transfers for current active Domain Cost Club Members with the appropriate membership type. And Domain Cost Club allow you to upgrade your membership type to a higher type should you discover you need the higher type during the year.
As shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for even one domain name ending in .COM, purchased with domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with another well known domain seller.
As also shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for three domain names ending in .COM, which includes domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with my second choice.
I hope that you understand why I think that Domain Cost Club is a good deal. With Domain Cost Club you can forget about paying extra for domain privacy services, promotional codes, crazy bundles, and discounted registration with poison-pill renewal fees:-
- Great no matter how many domains you buy a year.
- Domain Cost Club is the first and only domain registrar in the world to offer all domains at cost. New domains, transfers, renewals. No markup. Ever. Guaranteed!
- Just take a moment or two, to figure out what this actually means for you. And compare prices.
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- I find that they are easy to work with and their support is very responsive.
- I find their “Control Panel” to manage domains is modern, slick, clean and easy to work with.
- Get new registrations at great prices.
- Get renewals at great prices.
- Get transfers at great prices.
- Get free domain privacy services.
- Earn recurring money on referrals.
Domain Cost Club is a Good Reliable Registrar. This is based on my real world experience of using their services since November 2014. They get all of my domain name related business and have since November 2014.
Don’t want to become a Domain Cost Club member and still want to buy or renew domains? No problem. You can create a free retail account at Domain Cost Club and pay the current recommended retail prices for domain names. Domain privacy services are currently free for retail accounts. You can always upgrade your retail account later.
Makes a lot of sense
Many members actually join Domain Cost Club because domain names are cheaper with them when purchasing domains via the club, even after taking the cost of annual membership into account.
Lite membership costs a mere $9.99 per year. You might like to look at my Domain Cost Club, Doing Calculations to See If It Is Worth It article.
Also GoDaddy have a discount club where domains can be purchased cheaper than usual. I did a price comparison with them too, which showed Domain Cost Club prices are better (cheaper). You can see that article here.
These pricing comparisons are just based on you registering or renewing domain names yourself at better prices.
Did I miss anything?
I hope this post showed you the advantages of having an annual Domain Cost Club membership when registraring or renewing domain names.
Now I want to turn it over to you:
Are you going to buy a Domain Cost Club membership and start registraring/renewing domain names using your Domain Cost Club membership?
You can move from your existing domain registrar to Domain Cost Club. I explained how I moved from my previous domain registrar to Domain Cost Club in this article.
Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
Final Wrap-Up: Why Get a Domain Cost Club Membership?
Buy a membership to buy or renew up to a specified number of domains at the same wholesale prices that domain registrars pay